After the handover of leadership at the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), where Dr. Vincent Isegbe concluded his tenure, Dr. Godwin Sunday Audu, the newly appointed head, is determined to streamline processes and enhance conditions for agro exporters.
Pledging to facilitate a smoother experience for both life and business in the agricultural export sector, Dr. Audu aims to bring positive changes to the NAQS and support the country’s agro-export community.
According to authorityngr.com, We recalled that the handover was in accordance with the NAQS Establishment Act which requires that authority be handed over to the next most senior Director in the agency to step in, in an acting capacity.
Dr. Audu, who is Deputy Comptroller General (DCG) of Quarantine, has since assumed the office and responsibilities as the acting Comptroller General of the agency.
The acting Comptroller General expressed gratitude to the pioneer Comptroller General for his commendable service and commitment in establishing a solid foundation for the agency.
Addressing journalists at the agency’s head office in Abuja, Dr. Audu outlined key areas of focus for the agency.
According to him, “in alignment with the Renewed Hope agenda of the present administration and the strategic blueprint of the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, we shall do more in the delivery of our services and mandate”.
In a statement signed by the head, media, communications and strategies of the agency, Dr Chigozie Nwodo, the new helmsman outlined the following focal points of his administration:
Ease of Doing Business: in line with the Presidential Enabling Environment Council effort within the export environment in which the agency participates, NAQS is committed to enhancing the export environment by expediting inspection and certification services, streamlining application processes, and automating quarantine procedures. These efforts aim to significantly make life easier for agro-exporters and reduce the processing time for agricultural export documentation.
Double Taxation: The agency will optimize operations at interstate control stations to minimize delays in the haulage of agro commodities. Collaborative efforts with stakeholders will address and eliminate illegal operators causing bottlenecks on Federal highways.
Discipline and Inclusion: Dr. Audu highlighted the importance of maintaining discipline, order, and inclusiveness within the organization stating that commitment ensures the development of officers and the sustainability of equal opportunities for all personnel.
He assured all stakeholders that the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service is dedicated to enhance its service delivery, aligning its mandate with the Renewed Hope agenda of the federal government.